New Zealand’s helmsman, Tim Seifert, led the Indian players to the cleaners during the first T20i between the two sides on Wednesday in Wellington. He hammered a 43 84 ball with seven legs and six sixes to help the home team accumulate a mammoth 219/6 of his 20 shots and gave India a steep goal to chase.
The visitors’ tickets never got going, as they continued losing ground at regular intervals and folded at 139 to lose by 80 races. The loss was the worst in India in terms of races in a T20I.
A self-confessed Brendon McCullum fan, Seifert said he had observed and followed the old boss while growing up.
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“Yes, obviously, I would be lying if I said that Baz (McCullum) was not one of my heroes when I was growing up,” he said.
“Obviously, you try to be yourself out there, but I’ve definitely seen Baz during my childhood.”
Seifert scored six six and seven fours in his bold strike, which included a switch hit limit against the turn of Krunal Pandya’s left arm.
“I just looked at the field and, you know, everything is in the moment, I do not really practice it or anything, it’s just a spirit, but I just thought about its angle, and obviously I dragged it a couple of times, so I thought that I could stop it, yes, it’s a bit of a punt you take, but it’s the T20 cricket for you, “he said.